Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe Sheroana, Venezuela, b. 1971


Born in a small Yanomami Indigenous community in the Venezuelan Amazon, Hakihiiwe began making paper from natural fibres in the 1990s, a skill he learned by studying with the Mexican artist Laura Anderson Barbata. The artist’s work now consists primarily of drawings and paintings on handmade paper. He draws from his ancestral knowledge of the signs and symbols of Yanomami culture, and their decorative application in basketry and body painting for ritual ceremonies. His work forms a rapidly growing visual lexicon, or library, of Yanomami visual culture. Hakihiiwe’s drawings and paintings reveal his beliefs, rites and traditions as well as his close relationship to the natural world.


Hakihiiwe was selected for The Milk of Dreams, the main exhibiton at the LIX Venice Biennale in 2022, curated by Cecilia Alemani. Other recent group shows that the artist has participated in include: Kathmandú Triennale 2077. Kathmandú, Nepal (2022); XXIII Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2022); Les Vivants, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain. France (2022); Revision, Museo de Denver. Colorado, USA (2021); El Sol y la Luna, Instituto de Visión, Bogotá, Colombia (2021); and Amazonía, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Andaluz, Sevilla, Spain (2021).  Hakihiiwe has had various international solo exhibitions, most recently: Thororo nasipe re u no wawe wawe, Galería Elba Benítez, Madrid, Spain (2022); Watori, Ana Mas Projects, Barcelona, Spain (2021); Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe. Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, Carpintaria, Río de Janeiro, Brazil (2021); and Urihi theri, Lissabon Kunsthalle. Lisbon, Portugal (2021).